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The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation

New Breast Reconstruction Fund assists San Diego County breast cancer patients in achieving quality aesthetic breast reconstruction Print

The Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) is pleased to present a new opportunity for ASERF/ASAPS member surgeons based in San Diego County, California to aid patients in completing their aesthetic breast reconstruction journeys.

The Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Fund made possible through a generous restricted donation to ASERF by Susan and Steve Mollenkopf, which was matched by the Qualcomm Foundation, provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist underinsured or uninsured patients in completing a quality aesthetic breast reconstruction following breast cancer.

The ideal candidates to receive a Mollenkopf grant are women who have had breast reconstruction but for whatever reason, still have unacceptable results and who are deferring surgery due to financial difficulties. Ideally, doctors would donate their surgical skills and the grant money would help cover the patient’s operating room fees, anesthesia, deductibles and other related expenses.

For San Diego County surgeons who have patients eligible for a Mollenkopf Fund grant, please download the grant request form, which outlines the criteria and application process. When a doctor confirms patient eligibility, complete the form and return to ASERF in a timely manner. At that time, a four-person committee will review all grant requests. (Although this unique patient support is available exclusively to active surgeons in San Diego County, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.)

This collaboration between ASERF, the Mollenkopfs and Qualcomm will positively impact many women throughout San Diego County.

For additional information on the Fund, please contact Ivan Rodriguez at (562) 799-2356 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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